Suburban Strains

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Suburban Strains
Written by Alan Ayckbourn
Characters Caroline
Various supporting roles
Date premiered 18 January 1980
Place premiered Stephen Joseph Theatre (Westwood site), Scarborough
Original language English
Subject Unsatisfactory relationships
Setting Various locations over a summer three years ago and winter today
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Suburban Strains is a 1980 musical by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn with music by Paul Todd. This was the first attempt Ayckbourn made at a musical since the ill-fated Jeeves! in 1975. It is about a teacher, Caroline, whose marriage to actor Kevin breaks down, only to find her new partner, doctor Matthew, even worse due to his control freakery, before making up with Kevin again.